October 13th, 2008
06:52 PM ET
10 years ago

Biden says some reactions at McCain events 'scary'

Biden said some of what he has seen at McCain events is 'scary stuff.'

Biden said some of what he has seen at McCain events is 'scary stuff.'

(CNN) - Joe Biden said Monday some of the reactions he has seen at recent McCain campaign rallies are downright “scary,” and said the Republican presidential ticket should be careful not to encourage "fringe people."

But in the interview with ABC News, Biden added he does not worry the McCain-Palin rallies could lead to violence as long as John McCain and Sarah Palin adequately control their supporters.

"I'm no more concerned about it, as long as … John pushes it back in a box and Governor Palin pushes it back in a box, because what you don't want to do is encourage - I don't think they intentionally do it - encourage people who really are fringe people," Biden said in the interview. He also said that what he saw at the rallies was "really off the wall" and "scary stuff."

Earlier: Biden: McCain’s speech is ‘attack, attack, attack, attack’

Biden also took aim at recent comments from Virginia’s Republican Party chairman that compared Obama to 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden. The chairman, Jeffrey Frederick said Obama and bin Laden "both have friends that bombed the Pentagon" - a reference to Obama's connection to 1960's radical Bill Ayers.

"I don't believe it … I can't believe it," Biden said of those comments. "I'm surprised John McCain hasn't gone down and whacked the guy with his fist. I mean, I don't think there's a prejudiced bone in John McCain's body. But that kind of stuff is really off the wall. I refuse to let myself believe John McCain has anything to do with any of that.”

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soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. Wei

    I really believe that McCain's inaction in shutting down these outrageous marks not only implies that he condones them, but makes him complicit in them.

    October 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    McCain is old and befuddled and hasn't a clue what's going on around him with the lunatic christian right

    October 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. Brian from Canada

    Barack is very scary, if you believe in the American people and not in the government solving all the world's problems.

    Barack believes in the Socialist way, and his style of government is better suited for Moscow than D.C. Take this rookie and tell him to take his ideology to Cuba, North Korea or Russia.

    America First, not half white blind ambition first.

    History sucks if you have to pay for it with huge tax increases and lies.

    McCain Palin and Hillary 2008

    October 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Debbie

    The ghost of Lee Atwater is laughing its butt off. Or maybe its "Biff". Seems like it might be the same thing.

    October 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. Jeff

    Obama does not even have military experience. Wouldnt you rather have someone who has served his country as commander in chief. I dont understand why people like obama. Maccain has done alot more for this country than Obama.

    October 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    How could one encourage their supporters and still claim integrity

    October 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. Kilroy

    Thinking back to the post-2000 election "He's not my President" shirts, I only hope that after Obama rides to victory that the angst and nastiness can be put aside. The current polarization of the electorate is truly scary. I look forward to the day that the right's "Fear and Smear" political playbook is finally put to rest forever.

    October 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. Neicey in Ohio

    This Election is PRICELESS!!!!!!

    October 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Michele, Pittsburgh, PA

    If John McCain can't control his campaign, how is he going to run the country. He let the fear mongering get out of control. I was actually leaning towards voting for him until any ideas in the stump speeches by McCain and Palin were replaced with divisive, hate-filled rhetoric.

    October 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  10. Tania

    It is not going to far to compare the inciting of racist remarks now to similar events in the past. This is textbook 'those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it'. McCain lived through that era, he knows how dangerous it can be, and if he doesn't get Palin under control and get her to stop comparing Obama to the terrorists, history will no doubt repeat itself.

    He knows better, and he needs to make sure that this ignorant woman truly understands the danger of hate speech before she goes out on the stage and incites something they won't be able to simply 'publicly condemn'.

    October 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. B.E.Lahmon

    It would be even more scary if that fear mongering crap actually works for McCain it would really show us just intelligent McCain's supporters are

    October 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. Linda

    Biff...Did you live in the South in the 60's? Lewis explained his comments.They were grounded in historical context.

    Palin has done nothing to explain hers. In fact, she is only feeding the anger and hate. Of course, not having any knowledge of events outside of Alaska, she simply does not know what she is doing. Dangerous indeed.

    October 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. Fawn

    Joe rocks!

    October 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  14. anne

    Joe should stop saying McCain is a good guy at heart. He isn't. We've all had to see what a horrible guy McCain is when it gets right down to it. Just his pick of a totally wackjob VP is bad enough without all of McCain's evil lies that change daily.

    I'm glad Obama picked Joe Biden. A president and a VP I can respect? That will be a huge change in the white house!!!

    October 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. JimS.

    You can't really blame McCain that many of his supporters are cretins.

    His response to the woman who started off calling Obama an Arab was just right, and decisive. I'd like to see a similar level of restraint from Caribou Barbie.

    October 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. atlanta

    i am sick of these republican nut jobs...why can't they stick to issues and offer their ideas/policies

    October 13, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. MarioB. from Berlin for OBAMA/BIDEN

    I'm glad Joe shows day in day out, that a candidate could also pick a smart, intelligent and wise VP-Candidate instead of that Alaska Barbie.
    WTG Joe, move on. YOu'll be a wonderful, maybe the best VP in history!

    Obama/Biden in a landslide!

    October 13, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. Alameda Chris

    The rotting corpse of the GOP sure is starting to stink!

    October 13, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Yes Joe, keep talking about it, less we forget. I would be afraid to attend any of those rallies. It just doesn't feel like the America I came to know and love being in the company of such hatred. We cannot go back there.

    October 13, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. Rodger

    McCain finally came out in Davenport Iowa as the old, non prejudiced John McCain. He should have his campaign fire Jeffrey Frederick, and personally disavow what he said. That is what the oldJohn McCain would have done....I miss the old John McCain, he will probably lose this electtion...he can not lose his honor too!!!

    October 13, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. HouseDiva



    October 13, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. Meridith

    It's not John McCain leading these people on. It's his hockey mom vice president, Sara Palin leading these people to this hatred. Just like she did her staff in Alaska. Then fired the ones who wouldn't follow her lead.

    October 13, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. dee

    Biden is right. McCain and Palin should not stand for a word of this. They should shut down any even they are at where such racist and threatening language is used by members of the audience. In the end, it makes them look bad. You'd think they had figured that out.

    October 13, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. Matt

    People shouting "yes we can" isn't scary. People getting school kids to sing songs praising Barack Obama isn't scary. Kids doing militant marches while praising Barack Obama isn't scary. Calling a elected official "the One" isn't scary. Making your own presidential seals isn't scary. Having paintings of yourself with a halo around your head isn't scary.

    October 13, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. Billy

    McCain has sold his soul for the chance to become president. Now he has also sold his honor and his legacy by encouraging the worst of the republican party to run wild.

    October 13, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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